The Regional History Center and University Archives house collections of primary source material available for research whether you are a student, faculty, staff, or a member of the general public. The mission of the Center is two-fold: to acquire, preserve, and make available to the public the most significant historical records of the Northern Illinois region-18 northernmost counties of Illinois, excluding Cook County-and to serve as the repository for the official records of the University that have permanent historical or administrative value. Since 1964 the center has evolved from a small university archival unit to a multifaceted research center containing three related sets of historical records available to researchers: Regional Collections, University Archives, and Local Government Records.
Holdings in the Regional Collections include original manuscripts and records generated by private individuals, institutions, and organizations from throughout the Northern Illinois area, with emphasis on several major themes in the region’s history: agriculture, politics, ethnic heritage, commerce and industry, the role of women, and urban expansion. University records include governing board proceedings, records of university administrative offices, faculty papers, records of student government and organizations, a range of publications, and extensive photographs of campus life. The Local Government Records collection, as part of the Illinois Regional Archives Depository system administered by the Illinois State Archives, has the responsibility of preserving local public records and making them available to researchers.
More information about the Center’s collections or how to contact staff may be found at: Regional History Center